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How is lupus diagnosed?

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A person should have at least four of the following 11 criteria to be classified as having lupus. These criteria include:

1. Malar rash

2. Discoid rash

3. Photosensitivity

4. Oral ulcers

5. Arthritis

6. Kidney disorder

7. Neurological disorder

8. Inflammation of the lining around the lungs (pleuritis) or of the lining around the heart (pericarditis)

9. Blood disorder

10. Immunologic disorder

11. A positive antinuclear antibody test result from blood work (abnormal bloodwork)

From: Lupus Overview WebMD Medical Reference

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The Lupus Foundation of America.

American College of Rheumatology.

FDA.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 07, 2019

SOURCES:

The Lupus Foundation of America.

American College of Rheumatology.

FDA.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 07, 2019

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